July 21, 2009


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 ordered a White Bear Lake, Minnesota dry cleaner to halt the use of dry cleaning machinery that contributes to air pollution. The EPA alleged that the emissions constitute a violation of air quality standards that apply to releases of perchloroethylene. The chemical, which is used in many dry cleaning operations, is considered to be a hazardous air pollutant. According to the EPA, local health authorities alerted the EPA to the equipment’s use at the Twin Cities dry cleaner’s plant. The EPA later sent an information request to the company.


The EPA’s action is a result of an investigation of the issue. The EPA’s administrative consent order requires the dry cleaner to cease using the transfer equipment that contributes to the emissions.

A copy of the EPA’s press release is found at:http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/a5792a626c8dac098525735900400c2d/e2a28b8243107fe7852575f5005969de!OpenDocument. An article relating to the EPA order is also found at the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s web site at:http://blogs2.startribune.com/blogs/whistleblower/2009/07/21/epa-orders-long-time-dry-cleaner-in-white-bear-lake-to-clean-up-its-act/?elr=KArksLckD8EQDUoaEyqyP4O:DW3ckUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aULPQL7PQLanchO7DiUsT


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